Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 6 – 29 August 2018
News & Articles
P&F Meeting Thursday 30 Aug
7 pm, College Boardroom, all welcome!
Saturday Sunset Service 2018
On Oct 27, at 5:30 pm Radford Chapel, everyone welcome!
28 August 2018
A timely review of our governance
Many of us have been following with interest the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. While the Commission’s hearings continue, its work thus far has highlighted some salient questions around institutional governance in Australia.
It is timely for all Boards, including ours, to review their own governance and ask if it is delivering best practice and alignment with key stakeholders, which in our case includes our community members and the Canberra and Goulburn Diocese. This past weekend the Radford College Board and the Senior Executive were invited to attend our own retreat that focused very much on all aspects of our own governance standards and principles. We were also joined by representatives of the Diocese to present to us around the structure and operations as well as the current strategy and future direction of the Diocese.
You may already know that Radford College is a separately-incorporated Anglican school within the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and, as such, there are a number of direct Bishop-in-Council appointments to the Board. These appointments, including my role as Chairman, the Deputy Chair position and the majority of Board positions are in fact made by Bishop-in Council on behalf of the Diocese.
Last term, I was delighted to accept an invitation to attend a meeting of the College Parents & Friends Association. This was a great opportunity to meet community members who share our common purpose of being 'a dynamic, innovative and inclusive co‑educational school acclaimed for its academic excellence, supportive culture, strong community spirit and emphasis on justice'.
It was clear from a few of the questions I was asked, that some of our community members were perhaps a bit unclear about all aspects of the Board’s appointment and operations. We ensured these key issues were addressed at the retreat as well as inviting the Diocese to talk to us about their own governance and structures.
At the retreat the Directors talked about our culture, tracking the effectiveness of the Board and ensuring the ongoing relationship with the Diocese remains healthy and robust. Discussion focused on the composition, skills, purpose and strategy, performance and effectiveness of the Board, as well as the documents and framework that guide its governance.
These high-level strategic factors are increasingly important during times of change. In the past 12 months, the Board has seen several new appointments, including me as Chair, a new Deputy Chair, several new Board Members and a renewal of the Principal’s contract for another five years.
The overriding message from the weekend’s discussion for me was clearly around ensuring that, based on a sound culture and defined actions, it is up to us as your Radford College Board to provide our community the confidence that your Board is taking an active part in striving for the ongoing success of Radford. A terrific way of articulating this came from Elizabeth Jameson of 'Board Matters', our facilitator who defined a Good Governance Pledge as the following:
- The board is cultural custodian
- The board is custodian of school success
- The board evaluates school and cultural success
- The board’s role and responsibilities are clear
- Board members take their responsibilities seriously
- The principal is held to account
- The chair is held to account
- Board composition is driven by the ideals of school success.
 Radford College Strategic Plan: A Vision for the Future 2016-2020
29 August 2018
Finding faith messages in the everyday
I am very lucky to be the “Godly Play” storyteller, at Radford and at my church. There is a wonderful anticipation that something is going to happen between child and story. I never get tired to storytelling. I told the Parable of the Mustard Seed on Sunday. It’s really simple. Something as small as a pinprick is hidden in the dark soil where it grows into something really big and provides a place for birds to make their home (Luke 13:18-19).
Jesus uses things from the everyday to point to the kingdom of heaven: sheep, vineyards, mustard seeds and growing things. It made me wonder, if I was to find something from my everyday to point to the kingdom of heaven, what would I use?
We have a dog in our house called Toby. He is a very generous greeter. When he wakes up in the morning, he will be sure to bring you something, usually a favourite toy.
He reminds me of the saying about visiting and not going empty-handed. Well, when Toby says hello, he always has something in his mouth.
At the end of the day, when you get home, there is Toby, waiting with a toy at his feet, ready to pick up as soon as you enter, tail wagging vigorously. Sometimes, when you get home early or out of routine, it’s like he is caught off guard. He will madly race around looking for something to pick up, a sock from the laundry, a fragment of loose paper, anything. Whatever is found, it becomes a gift exchange.
With what can I compare the kingdom of heaven? Maybe the kingdom of heaven could be like a dog, given always to loving-kindness, who repays absence with enthusiastic attention, who is quick to forgive, even periods of neglect, and offers only warmth and generosity of spirit, no matter what mood you are in.
What on earth about a mustard seed points to the kingdom of heaven? Tiny? Growing? Becoming? What around our homes points to the grace and mystery of the kingdom of heaven in our midst? No matter.
May I be so bound to your love gracious God, that my being in the world changes the atmosphere, creating havens for others to be at home. Amen.
28 August 2018
From Art class at Radford, to The Animation Workshop in Denmark
Jesse Zhang enjoyed the creative side of life at Radford College: favourite subjects were classes like English, Art and Music. Also enjoyable were “The 5 days a year or so where you didn't have to wear uniform. Or when I got to Year 11 and 12 and I could use a toaster or vending machine.” But a moment in Ms Peters’ Art class certainly left a lasting impression: “In Year 12 I had Ms Peters as an art teacher, who told me she basically went on a 10-year gap ‘year’ in Scandinavia. She helped me feel better about my decision to drop the Tertiary package and go into an Accredited package to focus more on my portfolio for The Animation Workshop, which I got into, probably due to the extra time.” So, quite suddenly, Jesse was living in Scandinavia and studying art.
The Animation Workshop (TAW) in Denmark is a unique school, in Viborg. Jesse explains, “It's an independent bachelor course administrated under VIA, a neighbouring university that has partial control. Unlike university, it has hours, which is why I call it a school. You go there from 9-4 every day, and you shouldn't skip. A typical day in the first and second year of TAW would be a lecture or two, followed by the rest of the day for putting what we learn into practice, with an hour at 12 in between for lunch. Having us stay and work meant we all had access to the programs, hardware, software, pencils and papers we needed at any point, as well as teacher and peer critique, so it created a very comfortable, friendly environment. Every year there was at least one group project, encouraging us all to work in teams, those were my favourite.”
Jesse was thrilled to have found a muse and a team-oriented environment at TAW. “I've heard so many stories from other animation students, from Belgium to Melbourne to the US saying that they hated their courses. A lot of them complained that it felt like the class had a rivalry instead of wanting to work together. A lot of other animation courses don’t offer group projects as even an option, which is ridiculous because all animation studios are just teamwork.”
I asked Jesse which artists have been inspirational. “I find I'm mostly inspired by friends, but also directors. I'm inspired by directors like Brad Bird, Hayao Miyazaki, Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright. I love the comic artist Hirohiko Araki, One, Ariel Ries and Bryan Lee O'Malley. I would love to be able to name some ‘classic artists’ but honestly, as an animator, I draw so much inspiration from TV, movies, comics, etc, and rarely from old Dutch painters like the ones we learned about in Year 11 Art.”
Looking over Jesse’s impressive and eye-catching work on the @IAMPRIKLE website, the subject of the art ranges from the fantastical to the more urban and everyday. “I just draw and animate a lot of different stuff, usually very LGBT-friendly stuff, and again, just whatever I'm feeling like, which right now is a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and sometimes fanart.”
Now that Jesse is back in Australia, I asked if there was any pull to return to Denmark to pursue a career there? “My plan is to actually move back to Denmark next year in August. I had such a solid network and group of friends there, that I can’t bear to leave it indefinitely. In the meantime, I think I want to just find work doing whatever I can. I'm applying to some studios in Melbourne and looking to see if anyone needs art/animation/media tutoring or advice or anything in Canberra.” Jesse will be imparting some of that advice on the Life After Radford panel on Thursday 13 September, speaking to Senior Students about post-school experiences.
Jesse may well impart advice to keep your options open, as life can take some fantastical turns at times. “So far, I don't really have a long-term goal, I want to just work in the industry and have a feel for it. I like making silly things and drawing for my own pleasure right now. There was a point in the last two years where I felt like I really wanted to direct something super-amazing and important, and get it shown at Annecy or something, but right now I'm just feeling like doing what I want for a while :-).”
This article has been written without the use of gendered pronouns, to respect Jesse’s non-binary identification.
Could any former staff or collegians wishing to input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact George at: George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au or fill out the form at https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/. All past “H for History” articles are housed at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history.
29 August 2018
Dates to remember, PYP evaluation and student shout outs
DATES TO REMEMBER
Thurs 30 Aug
Kindergarten Learning Journey
Fri 31 Aug
Father’s Day Breakfast
Mon 3 Sept
Year 4 Learning Journey
Tues 4 Sept
Year 2 Learning Journey
Wed 5 Sept
PK and Kindergarten Dance Sessions
Thurs 6 Sept
Year 5 Learning Journey
IB PYP Evaluation
Whilst we will have to wait until our formal report is presented next term, initial feedback from our two evaluators has been very positive. We have addressed recommendations from our 2013 report, in fact making them strengths. We have many, many potential commendations against the 79 areas of review, and our areas to develop reflect our current goal-setting. In particular, we are developing better documentation in areas such as scope and sequences, personalisation, and standalone literacy and numeracy areas. I must acknowledge the hard work and efforts of all our staff, our many parents who met our evaluators, our students (current and former) and our PYP Assistant Head, Ms Janine Crookes.
How can we develop and or measure Personal Inquiry? Going forward in today’s world of 'traditional basics and new basics' (such as the development of our social and emotional skills) we are moving to scaffold a Home Learning style Personal Inquiry in our upper years, to better support the importance of effort, of grit, of high expectations, of perseverance, of balance, of meaningful challenge, and the attributes of our Learner Profile.
Congratulations to the following students:
PKJH – Charlotte Twigg
PKJH – Lorenzo Troni
PKAM – Jasper Huo
Thinker and Principled
PKDM – Ethan Ng
PKMQ – Xavier Muscat
KAS – Marcus Te Moananui
Commitment and perseverance
KSG – Peter Fu
Principled and self-regulation
KCH – Blossom Cameron
Empathy and perspective
KNS – Katie Donaldson
Love of learning and curiosity
1MH – Henry Moss
Commitment and perseverance
1AT – Molly Akhurst
Communication and perseverance
2JG – Sam Toms
Curiosity and enthusiasm
2BF – Isla Baran
Creativity and open-mindedness
3DO – Ollie Aulich
Enthusiasm and commitment
3PC – Yash Thrishul
3RB – Ava O’Shea
Inquirer and Love of learning
3EC – Tommy Charlton
Fairness and creativity
4JO – Lincoln Uren
4KP – Ambrose Musgrove
Commitment and perseverance
4CD – Dione Konstantinou
4OM – Matt Larkham
Zest and commitment
5TMi – Josh Wickham
Knowledgeable and gratitude
5JC – Makayla Paton
Thinker and honesty
5SD – Lachlan Lloyd
Thinker and self-regulation
5TeM – Jakson Kang
Knowledgeable and perseverance
6TW – Will Howarth
Self-regulation and self-management
6JF – Amy Purvis
Risk-taker and perseverance
6HB – Lucy Prime
Creativity and commitment
6TH – Sunny Smith
Commitment and perseverance
From the specialist classes:
Mr Cox – Ashley Ward (1MH)
Leadership and cooperation
Senora Stevens – Constance Clough (4JO)
Ms Halford – Abby Hiew (3DO)
Commitment and perseverance
Ms Evans – Ethan Empson (1MH)
Leadership and caring
Ms Wilson – Rishhi Elango (3RB)
Risk-taker and good judgement
28 August 2018
Richard Wardman, European Science Tour Coordinator
Documentation about the tour is now available
Following the information session earlier this week, the following detailed documentation about the proposed 2019 European Science Tour is now available.
Completed booking forms may be handed directly to Tour Coordinator, Mr Richard Wardman, or placed in the labelled box in the Attendance Office with Mrs Bonham.
If you have further queries, after reading the documentation, please contact Mr Wardman.
29 August 2018
Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies
Dean of Senior Studies, Lindy Braithwaite, will present this session
IB Diploma Workshop – for parents
Venue: Room 49 in the Mackinnon Senior School Building
Date: Thursday 6 September 2018
Time : 5:30-6:30pm
Presenter: Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Kirsty Mack
This session will be an opportunity for parents to learn more about the IB Diploma Programme, with Q & A and tips on how to support your child, if they choose this pathway.
28 August 2018
A thought-provoking presentation to Y11 students
By Elise Northcote and Matthew De Bortoli
On 23 August 2018, our Year 11 cohort was given the opportunity to hear guest presenter Dr Clarke Jones, one of the foremost academic authorities on marginalised, hard-to-access and at-risk communities in Australia. A criminologist based at the ANU Research School of Psychology, Dr Jones works with a range of international and domestic experts, including psychologists, criminologists and sociologists, to provide support to community groups working with troubled young people.
Dr Jones spoke largely of his work with terrorist offenders and prison gangs in the Philippines, as well as with marginalised and vulnerable communities in Australia. Comparing the prison systems of Australia with the Philippines, he was able to demonstrate the advantages of both systems but also highlighting the need for improvement. Focusing on overcrowding, gang and terrorist inmate management, Dr Jones illustrated the difference between prison environments that inhibit and foster prison radicalisation and rehabilitation. He mentioned the idea of open prisons, the preservation of prisoner identity, and the road to rehabilitation.
Through his presentation, he questioned how society should address antisocial and violent behaviours in youth, especially the “tough on crime” mentality. He emphasised the need to embed activities that engage and support families and communities.
Dr Jones also spoke on cultural competency and how systems must be made in the context of that particular place. He mentioned that in the Philippines, people value sharing food with one another and as such prisoners should eat together. He drew attention to the dangers of stripping the identity away from a prisoner, as it inhibits them from rehabilitation, and the importance of prisoners being able to continue their skills while in imprisonment.
The most interesting part of Dr Jones’ talk was how he discussed the gangs within the Philippines role in prisons. Due to overcrowding, there operates a ‘shared governance’ between the guards and the gangs; the gangs run businesses, provide food and medicine for themselves and looked after the prisoners, which was far different to what many would expect. This also sits in sharp contrast to the actions of President Duterte.
Dr Jones kindly stayed behind after the lecture to answer individual questions. The message for us was to question how a society should adequately address anti-social and violent behaviours in young people. What does being “tough on crime” really mean and will a so-called “war on terrorism,” just like a “war on drugs,” fail without efforts to embed activities that engage and support families and communities?
Having never really thought about how prison systems looked in other countries, we found the presentation was so valuable because it showed a far different criminal justice system operating not far from our Australian shores.
17 August 2018
Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator
Riffing with icons
By Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator
The annual Radford College Jazz Café is fast approaching and, as always, it promises to be a fantastic evening. The evening will feature our four jazz ensembles: Diz Jazz Ensemble, Bird Jazz Ensemble, Little Big Band and Big Band.
Our guest artist this year is one of Australia's leading jazz bassists, Brendan Clarke!
Brendan is truly an Australian jazz icon, being the first bass player to be awarded the prestigious National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2001. In 2005, he was awarded an arts council grant to study in New York with Curtis Lundy and Rufus Reid and he has been twice nominated for the Freedman Fellowship. He will be performing with his trio featuring Mark Sutton on drums and Paul Dal Broi on piano.
When: 7–9.30 pm, Friday 31 August ,
Where: Radford Performing Arts Centre
BYO food and beverage and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere!
Tickets essential: https://www.trybooking.com/XRKP
29 August 2018
Sign-up online for auditions!
29 August 2018
The Radford P&F gets busy
The P&F Fete will be held on Saturday 3 November. This year's Fete Convenor is Monique Glavonjic, she may be contacted by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile on 0402 074 192.
Please check the Bulletin from now till Fete day for information about stalls, volunteering and donations generally. Today's item is about a new Fete stall, intended to benefit the parents of students who will be going on College camps.
NEW FETE STALL
Second-hand camping clothing and equipment, for College camps
There will be a new Fete stall this year, for quality second-hand clothing and equipment for students to use on College camps.
Donations can be left at Main Reception (8.30 am – 4.00 pm) or at the second-hand uniform shop during its open hours.
FOOD AND MARKET STALLS
From 12 September we will be asking volunteers to sign up to assist on our food and market stalls. It will be possible for volunteers to select suitable timeslots at stalls of their choosing.
HOW MANY MUGS?
The P&F are seeking donations of unwanted mugs for our Craft Stall. The mugs will be used for children to plant various seedlings – ranging from vegetables to flowers. Mugs can be dropped at the ELC Centre Reception Desk up until the end of October.
29 August 2018
Michele Sharp, Head of Languages
Four exchange participants reflect on the exchange experience
by Michele Sharp, Head of Languages
One of the highlights of the Language program at Radford is the opportunity to contextualise language learning through our exchange programs. In addition to our French Study Tours, for the past five years Radford students have participated in an exchange program with Lycée Blaise Pascal in Segré. This two-month exchange allows French students to experience Radford life, including wearing a school uniform(!) and, in return, our students visit Lycée Blaise Pascal during the summer holidays. As you will read from the student endorsements below, this form of exchange allows students to form a strong bond whilst improving their language skills. The two months have flown by and we wish Alex and Eléa a safe trip home. These programs require significant organisation and I would like to thank Mesdames Bateman and Bouteiller for their tireless work in facilitating this exchange.
This year at Radford I was lucky enough to be involved in an exchange program with one of our French sister schools, Lycée Blaise Pascal in Segré in the Loire Valley. Myself and one other Radford student will be travelling there over Christmas time for two months in an effort to improve our French skills and soak up a bit of French culture. While being extremely excited for this trip, I am equally nervous to be thrown well and truly in the deep end, expecting to speak solely French while on exchange. Despite this both Amy and I are keen to take on the challenge.
While writing this, my exchange and now good friend Alexandre Milliat is wrapping up his own two-month stint in Australia. It has been more than a pleasure for my family to host him, with thanks to his willingness to learn, his positive energy and his greatly appreciated cooking skills. It’s also very pleasing to see how far his control of the English language has come over his time here in Canberra, with fingers crossed I can do the same myself. Beyond language skills this part of the exchange has been very enjoyable, getting to show Alex what it is like to live in Australia, chasing kangaroos through the bush, surfing down the coast, and just spending time with my friends and family on the weekends.
Finally, I would like to extend a huge thank you to both the school and my family for allowing Alex and I to share this experience.
This exchange was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the luck to share these two months with Lachie, a very nice person with whom I shared plenty of good moments. He helped me discover a lot of things. For example, we practiced OzTag together, which permitted me to play a fun game but also to meet some lovely people. We also visited plenty of museums and other good places in Canberra and Sydney. We went to the coast to enjoy the beauty, but also to surf and have fun on the waves.
I was lucky to be a part of a really nice and warm family who were always there to help me and spend quality time. I also enjoyed cooking and eating some very nice meals as well as having discussions with Lachie’s parents. Thanks to them I discovered an amazing swimming coach who I trained with two times a week. I found pleasure in spending time with Lachie’s sister as well, who drove us to school every morning.
At Radford I met a lot of nice people, and I got to spend my free periods and lunch with them. Along with this, I went with them to many of their classes to discover some new subjects.
To conclude, these past two months were full of discovery, adventure and sharing, and I would like to say thank you to Lachie, his family, his friends, Radford College, and Lycée Blaise Pascal for that. See you in France Lachie!
For the remaining two months of Canberra’s frosted winter, my family and I were lucky enough to host a French exchange student. Eléa has been a delightful and enjoyable addition to my family and I feel like she is now a life-long friend.
During her stay in Australia my family and I attempted to give her a taste of what Australia has to offer (including vegemite, which she didn’t enjoy very much). Firstly, we showed her around Sydney, from the city centre to the beaches of Manly. Next we were in the mountainous region of Katoomba. Then we descended into the valley in which Jenolan Caves is located, exploring the depths of the limestone caves.
School started soon after Eléa arrived in Australia, and I was able to teach her to navigate through the red-brick maze called Radford College. I showed her the ropes of school life including how the library doors will automatically shut on you and which cookies from the vending machine were superior. Soon enough, Eléa had become a Radford student through and through. I am extremely grateful to have had this experience and been able to learn more about the French culture and gain a new friend.
During my stay in Australia I did a lot of things but the best one was when I went to the coast twice. The warm weather (unlike Canberra) was very beautiful. When I was at the coast I saw dolphins and whales, it was wonderful. I also saw a lot of Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas and platypus.
I spent a lovely time in Canberra, with a lovely family and a lovely exchange. Thanks to Radford for welcoming me and for the beautiful uniform. Also thank you to Margie, Glenn and Amy Theakston for being so nice and showing me around Canberra, Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the coast.
29 August 2018
Sophie Genn, Y11 Chinese Captain
The art of translating is alive and well at Radford
29 August 2018
Basketball, Rugby, Netball, Winter Sports Presentation
Congratulations to Alys Robertson who has been selected in the U14 Girls ACT Basketball team to compete at nationals in Shepparton in the October School Holidays. Rena Cao has been selected as a reserve.
On Monday 27 August, 27 of our top Year 7–12 male Basketball players competed in the ASC Basketball competition at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium. The Year 7/8 and Year 11/12 teams both managed to make their grand finals. Both teams were beaten by Marist, and the Year 11/12 team fought a close contest, going into double overtime.
by Sureshni Fernando (parent)
Former Wallabies five-eighth and Radford Technical Director of Rugby is the latest Australian to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame this month.
The 102 Test veteran was part of three Rugby World Cup campaigns, which included victory in 1999 and the loss to England in the 2003 final in Sydney. He started his first test in 1996 as fullback and then switched to five-eighth in 1998.
I had the privilege of witnessing his playing days as a Brumbies and Wallabies player and his career highlight for me personally was his master class 48-metre drop goal against South Africa in the last seconds (a courageous act for someone not known as a kicker in the team). I my view, this was the turning point in Australia going on to win the 1999 World Cup.
As the current Wallabies assistant coach and Radford Technical Director of Rugby, the Radford community wish to congratulate Stephen on this lifetime achievement.
In a recent encounter with Stephen whilst my son was training for Radford’s Year 10 team to play in the Brumbies school competition, I was most impressed by Stephen’s simplicity and manners. I hope we all can take a leaf out of this – no matter how famous you are, sincerity is more admired than achievements.
‘Stephen was already established as one of the modern-day greats of our game and his influence in Australian Rugby continues as he coaches and mentors the current Wallabies squad as an assistant coach,’ Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said. ‘His playing legacy is one of creative brilliance and an unwavering pride in the gold Wallabies jersey.’ Sydney Morning Herald
We salute him for his ongoing work for Rugby no matter how big or small.
Wishing him all the very best!
Rugby results this weekend – RADFORD wins again. Boys and Girls teams victorious. Both teams moving through to semi-finals next weekend.
One round to go ahead of the finals series. Keep an eye out for which teams are going to make it through. In the photo, Radford Red enjoys some time ahead of the game on Saturday.
Winter Sports Presentation Night
SAVE THE DATE. The Winter Sports presentation night will be held in the Radford Gym on Monday 17 September. There will be food available for purchase ahead of the formal part of the evening. All winter sport participants are invited to attend. Details to be confirmed.
IB Diploma - parent information session
IB DP parent information session
Thurs 6 Sept 2018, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 49, Mackinnon Senior School; presenter Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies.